The PCB is looking forward to India Pakistan cricket series. This came after Pakistan’s foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar’s recent visit to India where the matter of bilateral cricket series was discussed. The PCB had requested the foreign ministry take up the matter of bilateral cricket series when Miss Khar met her Indian counterpart S M Krishna. PCB is hoping to share a few matches of the series scheduled in March – April, 2012 in India as a compensation for the Indian tour of Pakistan in 2009 which was cancelled thanks to the Mumbai Attacks. The PCB suffered heavy financial losses due to the cancellation of several tours to Pakistan including the Indian tour. The International cricketing community has majorly stayed away from Pakistan for the past two years citing security concerns.
However, the more deciplined sport of soccer, downplayed any such concerns when FIFA ordered the Bangladesh football team to go ahead with their tour of Pakistan or risk being given a walk-over. Bangladesh had raised concerns over visiting Pakistan for a Worldcup qualifier match. FIFA took a strong stand and the match was played in the best of spirit without any issue or security concern. Unfortunately the ICC has failed to take such a stance due to factors unknown. It might be due to the form of control, the ICC enjoys over its member countries as compared to FIFA which is a much stronger body and free from any political influences.
Rumour has it that the PCB is only interested in restoration of bilateral cricket ties and might not be raising the issue of the Champions League with the BCCI. The Indians are the main force behind organizing the Champions League that features champion teams from almost all Test playing nations except Pakistan. One wonders how you could have a Champions League with teams of your choice, teams from countries that accept your supremacy and enjoy good political relations with your country. But the PCB might not be taking up the matter at this point and risk jeopardizing the upcoming cricket series.
Mr. Ijaz Butt, the PCB Chairman had a meeting with BCCI officials during the 2000th Test match celebrations in England. It is believed that things moved forward during the meetings.